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October 2017
RSJ Welcomes New Faces
Class of 2021

The Ryerson School of Journalism welcomed 140 first-year students into the Bachelor of Journalism program this fall (full story).   
Creative Canada Partnership
Journalism innovation hub coming to Ryerson

Ryerson's school of journalism and the Digital Media Zone (DMZ) are teaming up with Facebook to create a digital news incubator, the first of its kind in Canada.

The announcement is part of the Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly's planned restructuring of Canada's cultural policy, which she calls Creative Canada.

"Our approach will not be to bail out industry models that are no longer viable. Rather, we will focus on supporting innovation experimentation and transition to digital," said Joly in a speech given at the Economic Club of Canada on Thursday  ( full story ). 
Making a Difference
New course explores how journalism affects change

" Making a Difference: How Journalism Matters " is a dynamic new e-learning class that uses interactive tools, case studies, seminar discussions and video clips to help students engage with varying insights and debates on the issues in the purposes, aspirations, ethics and law of journalism   ( full story ).  Watch the trailer here
New Appointments
RSJ welcomes assistant professor Sonya Fatah

This fall, the Ryerson School of Journalism welcomes Sonya Fatah to the faculty to co-teach the masthead courses dedicated to producing the Ryersonian and the Ryerson Review of Journalism.

Fatah, who is coming on board in a newly created limited term assistant professor position, brings 15 years of experience practicing and teaching journalism to the school. She has previously taught here, at Humber College and Centennial College, as well as a diploma journalism program in India.

In her new role, she's teaching a combination of fourth-year undergraduate students and second-year master's candidates. Fatah will also be developing strategies and leading masthead students on building audience, branding and finding new partnerships and business opportunities ( full story). 
Professor Ann Rauhala named new FCAD Teaching Chair

Veteran journalism professor and former associate chair Ann Rauhala has been named the 2017-18 Teaching Chair for the Faculty of Communication and Design (FCAD) at Ryerson University.

In her new position, Rauhala hopes to bring together students and professors from all nine of the faculty's schools to encourage collaborative learning, which she says will help professors teach students with empathy.

The role is designed to ensure that faculty, instructors and - by extension - students, are using the best approaches possible in the classroom. The teaching chair convenes meetings with representatives from each FCAD school to identify priorities and then implements them with a goal to create a creative, empathetic and inspiring teaching environment.
full story ).
Student Award
Award honours memory of acclaimed photojournalist Boris Spremo

A new Ryerson School of Journalism award has been created in memory of acclaimed  Toronto Star photojournalist Boris Spremo, who died in August at the age of 81.

The Boris Spremo Photojournalism Award, initiated by his family and valued at $1,000, will assist a deserving undergraduate student from the RSJ photojournalism course. Spremo, who received 285 national and international photojournalism awards, was also a recipient of the Order of Canada  ( full story ).
Conference: Local News and Its Future 

More than 100 journalists and scholars from around the world gathered this summer for " Is No Local News Bad News? Local Journalism and its Future," a conference hosted by the Ryerson Journalism Research Centre (RJRC).

Attendees from Poland, Australia, France, the U.S., the U.K. and Canada met at the Rogers Communication Centre on June 3-4 to discuss the decline of local news and how it affects the communities involved.
The event included panel discussions and lightning talks, featuring academics from North American universities, community councillors and journalists. Among the panelists were Damian Radcliffe from the University of Oregon and Guelph municipal councillor, James Gordon.

RJRC director April Lindgren, the lead organizer for the event and associate professor at the Ryerson School of Journalism, said the conference, "helped to create a sense of community among researchers that are interested in the state of local news."  ( full story )

Visit the conference website for more information. 
Activist, advocate, columnist, reporter: Where's the line?

The Ryerson Journalism Research Centre hosted a panel discussion on the role advocacy plays in today's journalism on September 26. The webcast of the event is available here

Find upcoming events from the RJRC on their website.  
Grads at Work
Regan Reid
(RSJ '12)

News editor, Playback Magazine

What drew you to pursue a journalism career?

After I finished my Bachelor of Arts at University of Toronto, my first job out of school was an administrative job. I was always interested in film and film writing so I decided to apply for the Master of Journalism at Ryerson. I went into Ryerson thinking I would do more TV and TV documentary work but I was never really good in front of the camera or behind it, so I ended up practicing more long form writing such as feature and magazine. I kind of just fell into journalism but it has turned out to be really great ( full story). 

Grads at Work is an occasional series of profiles of RSJ alums. If you know of a notable grad you'd like to see featured, send us an email at office.journalism@ryerson.ca.
RSJ Voices
Video: Grads reflect on j-school experience 

Arti Patel (RSJ '11) 
National Online Journalist, Global TV

"If you're the kind of person who likes to adapt to change, this is the kind of job you have to take." Watch here.

Watch all RSJ Voices interviews  here.
Alumni News

Upcoming Event: Remembering Stuart McLean

This alumni weekend, join us as we pay tribute to beloved broadcaster Stuart McLean. Colleagues and friends come together to recount their favourite McLean stories on Saturday, Oct. 14. Light refreshments will be provided. 

More information and buy tickets  here.
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Don't be a stranger!

Alumni can stay connected in several ways: 

1.) Volunteer to be your newsroom's contact to help us stay in touch or find partnership opportunities. 

2.) Contribute to J-Source, Canada's journalism portal, whose editorial centre is now housed at Ryerson. 

4.) Make a donation now. Or consider making a planned gift to the School of Journalism.

5.) Join other alumni to foster journalism in the developing world.

6.) Take a tour of the School. 

Whatever your choice, let us know and we'll be in touch.

Upcoming Events
October 14, 2017
The RJAA has organized a tribute to former RSJ professor, Stuart Mclean. Tickets available here.  
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